Two abortion-related bills filed

Rep. Jon Hansen is taking the lead on two abortion-related bills filed today, the deadline for lawmakers to file legislation.

House Bill 1236 prohibits lawsuits “on the basis that if the pregnant mother of such minor child had known of such illness, disease, congenital anomaly or physical or mental disability, prior to the birth of the child, the pregnant mother would have terminated the life of the unborn human being prior to live birth.”

House Bill 1237 extends the 72-hour pre-abortion waiting period passed in 2011 by excluding from that time weekends and holidays. So if the waiting period begins at 10 a.m. on a Friday, under current law it would expire at 10 a.m. on the subsequent Monday. This bill would mean the waiting period would go until Wednesday.